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My Pretty Rose Tree Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 1536

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A flower was offered to me,

Such a flower as May never bore;

But I said "I've a pretty rose tree,"

And I passed the sweet flower o'er.



Then I went to my pretty rose tree,

To tend her by day and by night;

But my rose turned away with jealousy,

And her thorns were my only delight.





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MY PRETTY ROSE TREE
in this poem Blake makes a comparison between a Rose( could represent another woman other than his wife) and a ROSE TREE ( his wife) he says that the rose is attractive but as he already has a tree of roses he will not make any move towards this Rose, this represents him as a faithful husband as he tells his wife about the Rose that's pretty he saw but not prettier than her, out of jealousy the wife turns his back from her faithful non-secretive husband

| Posted on 2016-03-08 | by a guest


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.: :. It seems that this poem is about a relationship fueled on jealously, possessiveness, lack of mutual respect and selfishness. The gardener/ narrator was offered a flower and turned it down- he recognised it\'s youth, virginity and beauty (a \'flower\' is a younger version of a \'tree\') but by turning it down he gained satisfaction. \'Her thorns were my only delight\' suggests that he is pleased that he has made her jealous portraying his self absorption. From a feminist point of view, it seems as though the gardener and the rose tree are unequal; the rose is treated like a possession- emphasis on \'my\' and \'tends to\'.| Posted on 2012-06-15 | by a guest
What a beautiful and insightful read of Blake's poem. RIGHT ON!

| Posted on 2014-12-10 | by a guest


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The poem is about a man who is offered a woman (the flower) but rejects her because he is already in a loyal relationship with someone he loves more than anything. The man then goes and tells his wife about the offer, but she becomes jealous and leaves him.
Blake uses nature express negative emotions.
The poem has three themes:
-Jealousy
-despair/grief
-love/lost love
It follows the ABAB ACAC rhyme pattern
The rhymes are mascline,
eg.) me, tree and bore, o'er
the peom is written in an IAMBIC TETRA MATRIC pattern

| Posted on 2013-06-23 | by a guest


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It seems that this poem is about a relationship fueled on jealously, possessiveness, lack of mutual respect and selfishness. The gardener/ narrator was offered a flower and turned it down- he recognised it\'s youth, virginity and beauty (a \'flower\' is a younger version of a \'tree\') but by turning it down he gained satisfaction. \'Her thorns were my only delight\' suggests that he is pleased that he has made her jealous portraying his self absorption. From a feminist point of view, it seems as though the gardener and the rose tree are unequal; the rose is treated like a possession- emphasis on \'my\' and \'tends to\'.

| Posted on 2012-06-15 | by a guest


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In the beginning someone has been given a flower which may symbolise love. 'such a flower as May never bore\'\\ this means that the flower will never create a hole in ones heart? He then explains that he/she has a 'pretty rose tree\'\\ which has been given to him and now he/she is going to share it with everyone? He looked after his rose tree everyday (may be loving, caring, sexual love, looking after her with tender love.) But then the 'rose tree\'\\ turned its back on the man and went off, full of 'jealousy\'\\ this could be as a result of seeing him with other women and giving them the same tender love and care. And he was left with the thorns and hatred that she had left from her 'pretty rose tree\'\\. There is a relocation of key images. and the thorns of beauty.

| Posted on 2012-04-05 | by a guest


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poem tells about the rose (represent for woman)
how\'s man (author) feel about his own rose which is beautiful but as a man still he feels that there is another rose which is more beautiful than his own and he feels honor when the beautiful rose just lies for him.
though he realizes that his own rose are at home and wait for him
and he also feels proud when he knows that he makes women getting jealous for him and he enjoys the feeling being jealousy

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest


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joke nah i know nothing about poetry eh i just want a lil help ya know =) anybody hit me up soon please!!!

| Posted on 2011-05-16 | by a guest


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This poem by William Blake I think the flower is a women that is not his wife and he does the right thing by telling the flower that he has a pretty rose tree, meaning that he is taken. The pretty rose tree is his wife. And the rose or his wife is turned away by jealousy because she is upset about the flower.

| Posted on 2010-09-30 | by a guest


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Uses nature to highlight downfalls of man.
"turned away with jealousy."
This links nature with humans. Although the man rejected the offer the insecurities of the women took over.
“her thorns were my only delight”
This links with the seven deadly sins, one being jealousy. It is something that humans suffer from and shows their downfall, as now, with the inability to trust, the marriage is breaking down.
Shows youth and temptation.
" a flower was offered to me."
The flowers within the poem represent women. Specifically it shows temptations of a martial affair. There is also a reference to the garden of Eden, as man is tempted with something which he isn’t allowed.

| Posted on 2010-06-14 | by a guest


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the rose and its relationship to the tree is complicated because the narrator knows that the rose (which not bound down and is free of roots) is not going to live very long despite the allure of its freedom and incomparable beauty, however the rose tree is longer lasting but is tied down and requires constant nurture. also a little botanical detail, when a rose is plucked in its bloom the thorns are soft and don't hurt nearly as much as the ones on an actual rose tree.
to be honest i think its about a proposition of a one night stand. MAP

| Posted on 2010-05-20 | by a guest


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A flower was offered to me
(A beautiful person came along who was available, a good catch ;))
Such a flower as May never bore;
(A unique person which would never appear again in ones lifetime)
But I said "I've a pretty rose tree,"
(Honesty, but acknowledgment of the flower’s offering)
And I passed the sweet flower o'er.
(Declined the offer, honourably)
Then I went to my pretty rose tree,
(Loyalty and honesty, should have said nowt)
To tend her by day and by night;
(Married and faithful)
But my rose turned away with jealousy,
(The competition did not go down to well)
And her thorns were my only delight.
( She is arsey, even though he's done the right thing, but she hates the thought of anyone coming on to her bloke. What she should have done is welcome him warmly, rewarding his loyalty)

| Posted on 2010-02-27 | by a guest


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speaking to my English prof, he said that i was looking to much into it when in all actuality it's a long metaphor. saying that we shouldn't turn down love. as in friendships. the flower is a friend, and the speaker turned them down. now the group of friends isn't please. i know it's a horrible explanation, but it's late. =]

| Posted on 2009-03-02 | by a guest


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this poem most probably describe a women was offered to him ( and that women is pretty because she is described as a flower that will not grow before the month may) he used the month may most probably because of the seasons. then, he rejected her and went to pamper his wife, to show that he is faithful. but the wife is a jealous pot, and thinks that he is betraying their love and hence left him. what was left behind was thorns, and despite the fact of him being faithful, he was left with nothing but thorns.

| Posted on 2008-12-16 | by a guest


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A flower could symbolise a young girl
May never bore- Would Blake be cruel enough to denounce his wifes inability to have children? Or is it suggesting that may never bore flowers as beautiful as this one?
Blake here seems to be condemning marriage for its boundries and shackles.


| Posted on 2007-06-18 | by a guest


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It seems to me that this poem is about the speaker's steadfastness in his love for his companion, and how he passes up other beautiful flowers, but his wife is untrusting and thinks that he was unfaithful, so for his faithfulness he is rewarded with thorns. It's a bleak outlook on love.

| Posted on 2007-05-06 | by a guest




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